If you were the victim of sexual assault or abuse, you have every right to demand justice from your abuser and others involved in the circumstances of your assault. A North Las Vegas sexual assault lawyer at Bernstein & Poisson can help with your sexual assault case. We can investigate your assault, find evidence to prove your case, deal with insurance negotiations, or go to trial if needed.
Call (702) 633-3333 to speak to a member of our legal team and learn more about filing a sexual assault claim in North Las Vegas.
Sexual Assault Cases in Civil Court
Sexual assault is a crime, and the perpetrator could face criminal consequences. For instance, they could be sentenced to jail or prison for their crime, and they could face sex offender registration. But the victim of the crime may also be able to sue the perpetrator of the sexual assault in civil court.
A sexual assault victim can also sue others who were directly or indirectly responsible for the incident. For example, if a sexual assault victim was assaulted at work, the victim could sue their employer because the employer failed to maintain a safe working environment. Even if the employer did not intend for the victim to be assaulted, they could still be liable for failing to create a safe space for employees to work.
Let’s say that the victim told their employer that they did not feel safe or that someone was harassing them. If the employer did nothing to protect the victim, they could have some liability for the sexual assault incident. Other parties who could be liable in a sexual assault case include:
- School districts
- Clergy members and churches
- Those in charge of extracurricular activities, like teachers
- Private organizations
- Doctors or other healthcare providers
- The government (for instance, organizations in charge of public housing)
For a free legal consultation with a sexual assault lawyer serving North Las Vegas, call (702) 997-6999
Proving a Sexual Assault Case in North Las Vegas
NRS §200.366 defines sexual assault as sexual contact with another person without their consent. When you team up with a North Las Vegas sexual assault lawyer at Bernstein & Poisson, your lawyer can help you prove your sexual assault case. We start by investigating the assault and collecting as much evidence as possible.
Evidence can be used to prove the assault occurred, as well as prove negligence on the part of the defendants. For example, we can use witness statements to prove that an employer failed to act to protect an employee who expressed concerns about an unsafe environment. Some of the types of evidence that can be used to prove a sexual assault case include:
- The police report
- Medical reports
- Physical specimens (like bodily fluids from a rape kit)
- Photos of the claimant’s injuries
- Video surveillance footage
- Testimony from witnesses
- Testimony from medical experts
- Voicemails, emails, and text messages in regard to the event
Filing for Damages
Once we have enough evidence of fault and liability, we will collect evidence of your damages. “Damages” is a legal term that refers to the suffering and hardships your sexual assault brought to your life. Your lawyer can add up all of your losses to come up with an amount of money that would be fair compensation for all you have been through.
You may be eligible to recover the following damages:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Future reduced earning capacity
- Mental distress
- The cost of mental health treatment
- The cost of physical therapy
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Your lawyer will file claim paperwork or a lawsuit in court. We can handle all court hearings or insurance negotiations on your behalf. We will work to get you the money you need to overcome this experience.
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Financial Compensation for Sexual Assault
The victims of sexual assault undergo more hardship than the assault itself. They deal with tremendous negative effects, often for the rest of their lives.
For example, a victim of a violent sexual assault could experience physical injuries that result in deformity, chronic pain, scarring, or mobility issues. Even one broken bone could take months or years to heal, and some bones do not heal fully, per MedlinePlus.
Victims could also be psychologically impacted by sexual assault for years. They can also be impacted financially by the experience, missing out on income, and being forced to pay for medical treatment or mental health services. Your lawyer at our firm will do all they can to get you fair compensation for your sexual assault.
Contact the Legal Team at Bernstein & Poisson
You have been through so much due to your sexual assault. Filing a sexual assault claim or lawsuit may seem like a task you cannot deal with on your own. The good news is you do not have to – a North Las Vegas sexual assault lawyer can prove your case and work to win fair compensation for what happened to you.
Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson have been working to protect the rights of injury victims since 1997, and we would love to put that experience to work for you. Call Bernstein & Poisson at (702) 633-3333 to speak to a member of our team in a free case evaluation. We are ready to fight for your rights.